What is the level of need in the population?
It is estimated that there are around 21,100 carers in Stockton (calculated by applying the 2011 Census local carer prevalence rates to the 2015 population projection) but only around 4,000 are known to the Council and carer support services.
The 2011 Census identified 5.4 million people in England were providing unpaid care, a similar proportion to that seen in 2001. Over one-third of unpaid carers were providing care for 20 or more hours per week in 2011, a 5% increase from 2001.
Sanctuary Carers has 666 clients registered with their service (June 2016). It is difficult to establish the level of need for carer support as there are many more carers in Stockton-on-Tees than are known about. Although not all carers will want or need support, the number of carers in need of but not accessing support remains unknown.
With an estimated 21,100 carers in Stockton-on-Tees it is apparent that there is a large number of carers not accessing services and who are at risk of poor health and well-being (although it must be acknowledged that many carers do not want support).
The Projecting Older People Population Information System (POPPI) estimates the number of carers aged over 65 according to the number of hours of care they provide. In total there are likely to be over 4,600 carers in Stockton-on-Tees aged over 65.
Since 2011, for people aged 65+ providing unpaid care, there has been:
The 2011 census showed 16,500 of the 21,100 Stockton-on-Tees residents who reported they provided care were aged below 65.
With an estimated 21,100 carers in Stockton-on-Tees and only around 4,000 known to council and carer support services, it is likely that many more carers would benefit from support.